Emily Bishton

Emily is a landscape designer and consultant who specializes in wildlife-friendly and child-friendly gardens, and in teaching clients how to use organic practices to install and maintain their gardens. She is a Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH) with a degree in Landscape Design, an EnviroStar Co-Star, Coalition of Organic Landscapers (COOL) and Plant Amnesty Referral Service member. Emily also has a passion for teaching adults and children about earth-friendly gardening practices through speaking engagements and writing for Seattle Public Utilities, the Green Gardening Program, and the Magnuson Park Jr. Nature Explorer summer camp program. Recent design projects include the new Orca School Garden, the Sand Point Child Development Center, and the Magnuson Park Community Center Bird-Friendly Landscape. She has also volunteered extensively for many years to develop and support youth education programs throughout the county.

Michael Chadwick

Michael Chadwick is currently a junior studying English Literature at Seattle Pacific University. His research includes contemporary American poetry, eco-criticism, and postcolonial studies. He is interested in environmental law and policy, and serves as an environmental research intern at IPMopedia. On weekends you can find him and his beautiful girlfriend, Katie, hiking in North Bend, biking along the Burke, or climbing at Vertical World.

Joe Indvik

Joe Indvik served as the Lead Content Developer for in winter 2008. He was Marketing and Outreach Associate in summer 2008.

Joe is a sophomore at Dartmouth College. He is pursuing a major in Economics modified with Environmental Studies, with a minor in Ancient History. Joe recently attended a three-month environmental studies program where he explored social, economic, and ecological issues surrounding development and conservation in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Namibia. He is interested in fossil fuel geopolitics and environmental economics---particularly efficiency studies and the renewable energy sector. He plans to pursue a career in environmental consulting or renewables marketing.

Amelia Shaw

Amelia was an intern for the IPMopedia website during summer of 2008 working primarily on research and writing for the pest fact sheet database. She completed a B.S. degree in Environmental Health from the University of Washington in the spring of 2008. She is interested in community-based public health policy and hope to pursue a masters of public health in a few years. Amelia is currently working at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Nick Thorp

Nick Thorp has been the Project Manager for the IPMopedia project since July 2008. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2006 with a dual degree in International Environmental Studies and French. For the past 3 years he has been living in Seattle working at a variety of non-profit organizations in support of programs based around sustainable agriculture and food systems. Nick has a diverse array of experience in organic gardening and farming. He also works as a guide for Evergreen Escapes, a Seattle based adventure travel company.

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Kendra Wendel

Kendra graduated from the University of Washington in 2009 with a degree in Anthropology and Scandinavian Studies. She has been involved with several non-profit organizations in Seattle, including Seattle Tilth Association, Washington Wilderness Coalition, and the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle and King County. She is currently enrolled in a master's program in Applied Anthropology at Portland State University where her research interests include collaborative environmental policy, traditional ecological knowledge, and political ecology.

Cynthia Welte

Cynthia Welte is a full-time gardener at Seattle University, a pesticide free campus near downtown Seattle. She began studying horticulture in 1998 at Lake Washington Technical College, and then received a BS in Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry from the University of Washington. She has spent 8+ years in nursery and garden maintenance work, including 2 years at Sky Nursery, and a year interning at the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia. In addition to working in public gardens, Cynthia enjoys vegetable gardening and bird watching.

Sarah Zerkel, BSN, RN

Sarah Zerkel has been a volunteer contributor to the IPMopedia website since the summer of 2008. She is a native Washingtonian residing in the Seattle area with her husband Tom and two Ethiopian foster teens; Ruth and Kidist. Cultivating Washington native plants, perennial borders, and vegetable gardens have been a longstanding feature and passion in her life. Currently, as a recent graduate from the University of Washington Bachelor of Nursing Program, she is in between jobs. She is pursuing a new direction in nursing; occupational and environmental nursing.

Professionally, Sarah has worked as a community health nurse, landscape designer, and wedding flower arranger. Sarah and Tom also have 4 grown sons and 4 foster sons who live in the area.


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